Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Author KD Grace and To Rome with Lust

Out Now - To Rome with Lust (Mount trilogy #3) by K D Grace (@kd_grace)

The adventure that Rita Holly began in The Mount in London and Nick Chase took up in Vegas continues when a sizzling encounter on a flight to Rome has journalist, Liza Calendar, and perfumer, Paulo ‘The Nose’ Delacour, in sexy olfactory heaven. The heir apparent of Martelli Fragrance, Paulo wants Liza’s magnificently sensitive nose to help develop Martelli’s controversial new line. Paulo has a secret weapon; Martelli Fragrance is the front for the original Mount, an ancient sex cult of which he is a part, and Paulo plans to use the scent of sex to enhance Martelli’s Innuendo line. As Liza and Paulo sniff out the scent of seduction, they become their own best lab rats. But when someone steals the perfume formulas and lays the blame at Liza’s feet, she and Paulo must sniff out the culprit and prove Liza’s innocence before more is exposed than just secret formulas.
‘People are looking. We should stop.’ Liza barely got the words out before he leaned in just a tiny bit further and, in his enthusiasm, his lips brushed hers. Everything spiked in a sharp stab of scent that settled right between her legs, as they both gasped and sat back, eyes wide, fingers pressed to lips. A flight to Paris was called over the intercom immediately after one to Frankfurt and, in the jostling and shifting and gathering of belongings, no one was paying any attention to them. Though she wasn’t sure it would have made any difference even if they’d suddenly been center stage. Their gaze locked on each other, cheeks flushed, chests heaving, they sat locked in a moment so tight, so full that its breaking apart was inevitable. It was ridiculous. She was seconds away from coming, and his cock was about to burst his trousers and his lips, my god his lips, she could think of so many places on her body she wanted those lips.
‘I have to know,’ he gasped. ‘Surely you want to know too.’ Then he did the unthinkable. He curled his fingers into the back of her hair and pulled her to him. This time their lips met with a clash of teeth and a gasping swallow of oxygen that transitioned into parted lips and darting tongues and an absolute explosion of scent. If he had smelled amazing by himself, if his scent had sharpened hers to the cutting edge of orgasm, then the mixing and blending that happened when they touched, when those two scents came together was shattering. ‘I’ve never smelled anything like it,’ she breathed into his mouth.
‘Me neither,’ He bit her lower lip and tugged and their blended smell became darker, more spicy, tones of earth and sea, pepper and honey and my god the guy could kiss!
She came first with a guttural grunt that began deep in her center and washed over her like a riptide. She tried desperately to hide it, but he knew it. He felt it, she even thought he smelled it, and he tightened his fist in her hair, breathing her into his open mouth. Both his hands then slid to her shoulders in a grip that was almost painful as he pulled back, his gaze locked on hers, and his whole body convulsed, and again, and again, his deep mocha gaze holding her tight as pupils dilated and eyelids shuddered.
For a moment they sat stunned, staring at each other, struggling to catch their breath. He looked shell-shocked, and she must have looked at least as bad. ‘I’m sorry,’ they both said at the same time as they mirrored each other in a nervous laugh.
Then the intercom called the flight to Rome. ‘That’s my flight,’ she gasped, suddenly awash in a wave of embarrassment. She grabbed her bag and her laptop and fled, feeling certain everyone was watching, feeling certain everyone knew exactly what they had done. She left quickly, babbling on about duty free and gifts, sounding like a total idiot. It didn’t matter though, at the end of the day, she’d never see the man again. And she’d never smell him again. That saddened her.
Author Bio:
Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.
KD has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.
Find KD Here:
Websites: http://kdgrace.co.uk/             
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KDGraceAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KD_Grace
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kdgraceauthor/

Trolling for Trouble

In light of various image-related issues where a number of authors have been forced to step out and defend their rights to earn an income, I must say, it's time to address a few industry-wide issues. It's been a few years so here we go...

Stealing is NOT okay. Hooking one’s books to a talented author’s name when your books are straight-up porn with no story is NOT okay. Using an author's personal picture and/or combining them with degrading captions is NOT okay. It's not funny or cute. More importantly, if someone is spending time trying to figure out how to make someone else look bad, perhaps that person should seek professional help and pause to ask the question: “What does that say about me as a person?”

Let me help with this one—It has pathetic written all over it.

Some ‘trolls’ have taken immature to a whole new level and while authors try to ignore some of this nonsense--and it's highly recommended that we do--it's also impossible when there are direct hits to someone’s reputation or their right to earn an income for their families.  

I’ll never understand why someone would waste precious time and try to figure out how to best ruin someone else's business reputation. I mean, come on. Grow a pair. More importantly, grow up.

Perhaps this comes from one's need for attention. These are the folks who are content with the negative attention if they can’t earn the positive attention they crave.  

Food for thought for those ripping an author to shreds: Rather than try to destroy someone’s image or hurt them financially, why not walk in an author's shoes for a moment? Perhaps then it may be possible to behave in an adult manner before berating another or publicly judging them.

Why not try to solve a problem privately before going public? Most of us are pretty nice people but most of us are VERY busy. Me? I have absolutely no freakin' clue if someone is mad or upset because I don't think that way. Others don’t lock in on problems either. We’re all too busy.

I write under so many pen names that the last thing I notice is when someone is in dire need of attention or if I’ve upset someone or hurt their fragile feelings. However, in light of recent industry related issues, I’m asking the general question: How can problems be handled if the person offended hides behind false pretenses or trolls for trouble rather than resolutions?

The reason for this post is because I have a dear friend who recently took an unwarranted and inexcusable hit from one of these troubled trolls. This author is extraordinary and truly talented but more importantly she is a real person with a supportive family and circle of friends who believe in her. She is the kind of person anyone would be fortunate to call out as a friend. In fact, I recently teased her and told her she’s my sister from another mother because she is so kind, so sweet, and very supportive of her friends. She is every woman’s ‘sister from another mother’ and those who know her, love her.

I’m angry someone would go after her because she has a bright future ahead of her and because of that future some jealous insecure little bitty struck below the belt. I can only hope Karma is oh so tremendously kind when giving it back ten-fold.  The problem in this business is that most of our hits are thrown from our blindside and sometimes—but not always—it’s impossible to defend ourselves.

Most of the time, I have no intentions of defending myself and stopped doing it a long time ago. I won’t apologize or explain myself to anyone when it comes to my right to earn a living. I work for it. Others work just as hard.

Still, it’s disappointing when we see a young and talented author shot down by a jealous entity, a faceless name who might be a success if they would simply dig in and try to be successful on their own. Instead, they deliberately try to tarnish someone else’s well earned and deserved reputation.

Over the last ten plus years, I’ve seen more than a dozen extraordinary authors stop writing altogether because they simply could not get their careers off the ground. The troubled trolls with their perceived power berated these authors at every turn, sometimes in a form of a review but not always.

In any event, in light of so many issues that remain unresolved, here’s a shout out to the trolls out there—if you want to strike someone, be bold and ‘powerful’--because obviously there are some narcissistic tendencies there and apparently perceived power is already in existence—sign your real name and show your face. Don’t waste an author’s time by dancing.  We rarely pay attention to the faceless so if you want to be heard, sign that real name. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Hmm? We call you out as we see you? Well isn’t that what you’re doing when you go after another author’s career with a gleam in your jealous eye and a smirk upon your face?

A lot of us work sixteen and seventeen hour days. And while some might say, it’s a luxurious job, it is not. Authors do what they are driven to do—write—but it’s not the only part of the business. More goes on behind the scenes than one could ever know unless they’re in the business themselves.

In short, we work hard and have the right to earn our living just like others do but we most certainly work for royalties. We are paid based on sales which means we aren’t paid today for the work we do today or this week or even next month. Those checks come much later which makes it incredibly difficult for the new authors out there.

Another topic at hand is in regards to authors’ images and something I hadn’t meant to address but will all the same. Our images are our own. No one—not a so-called friend or anyone else—should be able to tamper with them but if you’re one of the little trolls out there doing just that, then I call you out as I see you—jealous and miserable. Perhaps you’re looking for a shortcut and use your friends to gain that leg-up you so desperately desire. Here’s a tip—inspirational authors DO NOT want to be linked to porn authors and believe it or not, erotic romance authors aren’t interested in being linked to porn either.  What’s the difference? Come on now. We can figure this one out together.

Don’t post my pictures with captions unless you want me to come back fighting. In my case, I know who’s behind my recent public embarrassment but I was lucky. When it’s time to strike back, it will be with enough force to knock someone down a notch or two by being forthright about what has been done to tarnish the images of authors by the dozens. Besides, it’s senseless to waste time and do it any other way.  I, and many others like me, were bullied, literally backed into a corner by someone we know well. Now we have no other choice but to fight back but when we do, we’ll go straight to the core of the problem and say, “Here it is, the time-wasting war you wanted and called out by name.” We're adults prepared to scold a child and won't do it publicly.

Then again, maybe that’s what it will take to put these trolls to bed. Maybe that’s what they want is an official public war as we all send them to sleep chanting praise and heartfelt lullabies.

My point is these ‘games’ are childish and in fact often hurt children, something the trolls haven’t thought about. A lot of these authors are single moms with school-aged children. They need their incomes.

Something the troubled trolls should consider—authors often have many friends, all over the world and from all walks of life. More than fifty percent of the time, we can figure out who’s behind the ill will if we want to waste the time to prove something.  On occasion, we’ll even return the favor by writing other authors, showing the proof, and dishing our warnings.  In my case, I’ve been known to cc the person responsible when they've attacked several authors with one swing.

Yes, put ‘em on and stick ‘em up. The older gals often punch back.

Believe it or not, the publishing industry even in its exponential growth is still a tight-knit community. Some of us have been fortunate enough to have friends at one or two third party retail sites and on occasion—particularly when it is important—some have shared valuable information. That stated, most of us don't ask for or call in favors anymore because age has a way of settling folks down and we're too busy with real life problems to worry about foolishness. Still, for those of you out there bringing down the wrath of the publishing gods, you should know—some authors DO care enough to dig for information. They'll even pay for it. If they have enough of a reach, they can grab hold of whatever information they want.  Again, it’s a tight community and one where back-scratches are scored and returned. All they need to do is ask for the information they need and it generally falls right in their laps.  Remember, reviews are NOT confidential. Oh and of course there’s that little known secret that sometimes the authors being reviewed actually own the sites where they’re slammed. Just sayin’.

Today’s blog post isn’t about reviews, however, and I am sad because my friend had maybe two or three books out and caught the attention of an envious individual. To the troll out there, if you must pick on someone, pick out someone who has been around a while and has enough books out there that they don’t mind to take one blow right after another.

In fact, here I am. Take your best shot.  I’m not going anywhere and ninety-nine percent of the time, I don’t even know it when someone takes that shot. I'm not being arrogant here but instead trying to shine a light on truths. Authors are real people. We have real issues--kids home from school sick, health problems, death and illness in the family, and the list goes on. We don't always notice what is posted online or pretend to predict how someone will 'take' something we've said or done. Is it too much to ask for the chance to rectify a 'perceived' problem before it's out of hand and vindictiveness sets in? 

In any event, my hope is that my friend who was sabotaged—and all other new and seasoned authors like her—will THRIVE in spite of any senseless attack on their reputations and careers. In my friend’s case, she will. She’s THAT good. More importantly, she’s determined and when someone is determined, they are unbeatable in life and in this business.

When you think about it, the only thing the troll accomplished was something they never paused to think about let alone expect—progressive GREATNESS—and this time? The greatness comes in the form of a young and talented new author who will most definitely stand the test of time.

Welcome to Destiny Blaine's Online Journal

Welcome to Destiny Blaine's Online Journal
"An Award Winning Bestselling International E-book and Paperback Author, Destiny Blaine and her pseudonyms top the charts at Amazon, Bookstrand, Barnes and Noble, ARE, Mobipocket, and other retailers online and off. Scroll down for a list of available titles, works in progress, and coming soon dates for debut titles.”

Author Bio

An award-winning, bestselling erotic romance author, Destiny Blaine writes under several pen names. She lives in East Tennessee with her daughter and husband. Her son is serving in the U.S. Navy.

Coming Soon

  • Beautiful Trouble by Natalie Acres--Coming to Siren-Bookstrand in December 2014
  • His Girlfriend's Brother w/Marc Alice-Submitted to Dark Hollows Press
  • Love is in the Air--Submitted to Dark Hollows Press
  • Vampire Island Books 1, 2, and 3--Dark Hollows Press